No, many struggling readers may be reading delayed rather than reading disabled. Dr Julia O’Sullivan, Dean of Education at the University of Western Ontario, in a recent Statistics Canada study, states that 30 to 40 percent of Canadian children do not read well enough to benefit from school past grade 6. Of these, only 15 to 20% are dyslexic. Reading delayed students simply have not been exposed to enough reading to become fluent, automatic readers with full comprehension. In our culture today many children and young adults simply do not read enough. Video games, TV, texting, Facebook etc. all steal valuable time from reading. Dr. O’Sullivan considers the number of reading delayed students to be “a devastating figure” and a future economic liability.
In my learning strategies classes I have had reading delayed students who were in my class because of their mild autism. Understandably they completed their Individualize Training Program in the Academy of READING® in less time than their reading disabled peers. Their improvement was an average 2+ grade equivalents in under 25 hours of training.